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Discovery 1 winch bumper?

Does anyone have advice to what brand of winch bumper would be best for my 95' Discovery? Thanks!
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I have a ARB, it all comes down to personal preference and budget.

2nd owner of a '97 Disco with a ARB winch bumper, SD roof rack, Rover Racks ladder, Cooper S/T's and 220,000 miles on the clock and still a daily driver.
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Lots of options, really depends what your preferences are as mentioned. For you, up in the great North, shipping could be a big issue.
Here's some companies worth checking out:
RoverTym, RTE
ARB
RockStar Fab
Tactical Rovers
Hard Labor Creek

Some no longer in business/readily available are: Safari Gard, HiCountry, Bottorff(you DON'T want this one)

You can also have one custom built.
ARB are heavy. Some of them also have crush cans which are bad for winching and recoveries. And some the winch access is VERY tricky/hard to get to.
Whatever you get make sure there are some solid front recovery points.
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Budget is probably your first priority. They can be unbelievably expensive. I have a RockStar Fab winch bumper. I like it, but it also matches my sliders and rear bumper. I guess you need to decide what looks the best to you and, if you decide to, what rear bumper matches the winch bumper.


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A lot of it comes down to looks but here are a few things to look out for.

1, Easy access to the winch, that is mounted low, in line with the chassis.
2, Has good, strong, easy access recovery points.
3, Offers front end protection but not too much. Some Bumpers are so strong they don't deform under a hard hit and end up bending the chassis.
4, Don't get too hung up (no pun intended) on models that claim the best ever approach angle......it's a Disco with a huge rear overhang.
5, Unless you know where the guy lives be wary of small time, internet operations. Make sure you can get your money back if you are dissatisfied.

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I have a ARB and love it.
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I have an ARB and hate it.

I suppose I'm not into the looks so much as what I need the bumper to do (besides hold a winch) and what I plan on putting the bumper through. Once you figure out that, then find a bumper that meets the need. Then decide if you like the looks.

'94 Disco - Lots of mods and dents, scratches and scars.
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My 11yr old daughter was driving my truck through the field at the Christmas tree farm Sat, she ran into a 6ft tree.
Revered the truck, cut the tree down, threw it onto the roof rack and brought it home.
Skinned some bark off of the tree, not a scratch on the ARB.

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I had a ARB save my rrc from a 3 foot deep ditch someone had dug out on a logging road. My p38 has a RTE bumper and I love the thing.

Its all in your budget and what you want. fwiw the ARB bumpers are a lighter than RTE.
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Thanks for the advice. I ordered an ARB. It cost half as much as I paid for my Disco!
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I would have searched for a used one but hey.
You'll be happy with it, I got mine for free.

2nd owner of a '97 Disco with a ARB winch bumper, SD roof rack, Rover Racks ladder, Cooper S/T's and 220,000 miles on the clock and still a daily driver.
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